Monday, June 16, 2014

Interview with Shannon Fricke

I have just recently finished reading the amazing book by Shannon Fricke How to Decorate - an inspiring and practical handbook. If you have't read it make sure you do, a review of this book is coming your way very shortly. To give you a bit of background, Shannon Fricke is a well known interior designer, stylist, homewares designer, blogger, author and TV presenter. Her impressive resume goes on and on with her television roles including hosting the Home show in The Lifestyle Channel, various guest appearances and nominations for her work. She is very inspiring to me personally and has some of the most amazing work I've seen, and even better.....she's Australian!!!!

I was lucky enough to ask Shannon a few questions to share with my amazing readers. Check out her answers below, I have to admit though, some of the best answers I have come across.
My readers would love to hear a little bit about your background and what led you into interior design.

I've always been fascinated with people and how they live. The things we choose to surround ourselves with give such extraordinary insight into who we are, our loves, passions and desires. At the core of it, decorating our homes is a form of self expression - and it was this aspect that drew me to the medium more than anything. I love the way mixing colour, pattern, texture and the assemblage of things can support you in the most positive way. When all of the elements are working in perfect harmony, it's like pure perfection to live amongst. The challenge of making that work is what I love most about design.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find inspiration in people, their stories and their lives. When you take the time to sit and engage with a person, it's easy to be inspired. My work is to breakdown the stories into fragments of colour, light, pattern - and from there to create a scheme that fits the story.

What has been one of your proudest projects so far?

Goodness, how to choose....Really I'm proud of all of my projects - because they mean something to me for different reasons. In my life, I try to never engage in work that I don't love to do and I won't take on a progect if it doesn't resonate. If pushed though, I'd have to say the writing of my books are top of the list. Expressing myself through words is an arduous task for me because it requires a connection to my truth. Sometimes finding that truth takes time. It's like stripping back a multitude of layers. So, it means a lot when I get to the heart of it!

Your books are just amazing, what was the most memorable part of writing them?

The most memorable part was securing a book deal! I was knocked back from so many publishers in those early days (back in 2004). They loved the idea, but just weren't prepared to publish an Australia book on interior design. It was a celebration when Murdoch Books decided to take on the idea and publish not one but two books! Ten years later and interior design is a thriving genre.

I always like to ask what was the most recent purchase for your home?

My Bruns Acoustic Boom Box (speakers!)....I have one in a sea foam green - it's simply stunning and looks like a lovely piece of musical sculpture in my living room.

What would be one of your best hints and tips for a novice designer?

Work, work, work with a passion. Throw yourself out of your comfort zone. Experiment. Be Brave. Don't worry about what others thing of you or your style. The most extraordinary creatives always have a tale of resistance under their belt. Surround yourself with the best and make you passion for life.

What can we expect next from Shannon Fricke?

My new range of Shannon Fricke Bedlinen is in production - I'm so excited to selling through Adairs and Domayne stores nationally, it;s a lovely grouping of beautiful things. And, I can feel another book coming on soon. I think it's time for more thoughts to make their way into the world!

See I told you.....some really amazing and inspiration answers. Shannon has really put a skip in my step today, I feel like getting out and decorating right now!!  Just to help you with a little more inspiration....check out some of her work below.

(All photographs were provided by Shannon Fricke)

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